White House officials acknowledge their climate plan's limits, but decry inaction
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. That was the message from top White House officials yesterday as they grappled with Republican critics of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. The officials argued that action, even limited, is preferable to and less expensive than inaction on climate change.
Contest to make states compete for disaster cash and learn about resilience
Rather than just giving disaster aid away, the Obama administration is asking local officials to compete for it. That's the model introduced yesterday when the Department of Housing and Urban Development launched a race for a total of $1 billion for communities that come up with the best ideas to reduce future disaster damage.